Keim: Good question. Several days ago I would have said tackle, but now I'd lean more towards guard for two reasons. One: Brandon Scherff is a better fit inside and would provide a strong building block. Two: Morgan Moses has improved enough to warrant strong consideration. I think the Redskins like the combination of Scherff and Moses more than they do Spencer Long (at guard) and Scherff.
But one player who was helped by the experience: quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Texans play a much different style of defense than Washington. The Redskins play a lot of single-high safety zones and read the eyes of the quarterbacks. The Texans play a pattern-match zone, which, in essence, is like playing man when a receiver is in their area. So the reads are different and the way a team would attack them is different.
The initial penalty for fighting is 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. The minimum fine is $28,940 for a first fighting offense and $57,881 for a second. If this initiative follows previous points of emphasis, it's likely that officials will be more likely to find "flagrant" actions during fights. The NFL rule book defines "flagrant" as "extremely objectionable, conspicuous, unnecessary, avoidable or gratuitous."
Redskins running back Matt Jones re-tweaked his right knee during Saturday's fight-filled joint practice with the Texans.
If Crowder does play, Gruden said he'll be interested to see how he performs in a live situation—as a slot receiver and punt returner. On offense, Crowder is battling for a spot at a crowded position that already features veterans DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts and well as up-and-coming sophomore Ryan Grant. On special teams, he's looking to edge out Roberts.
"I'm way more confident about it," he said. "[Running backs] Coach [Randy] Jordan has been helping me for almost two years now. He's told me he's seen my improvement and I can see it also with my leverage and everything. I think that comes with me having more confidence in my body. I was a little bit worried about the shoulder coming into training camp last year but now I'm not worrying about injuries because I can't control that stuff."